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Card Market Simmers as Manziel Sees First Action

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Long before he took his first snap in Saturday night’s pre-season game, Johnny Manziel football cards were everywhere.  Starved for a true marquee quarterback, the card companies have jumped on the Johnny Football bandwagon with both feet.  And who can blame them?  If Manziel gets the opportunity to start for the Cleveland Browns and plays reasonably well, sales will soar.  While 2012 draftee Andrew Luck may be far more polished at this point, Manziel brings a flair and excitement to the position that hasn’t been since since Brett Favre was a youngster.

Manziel rookie cardManziel hit cardboard last spring in the annual draft sets.  Once the draft was over, Panini’s Score football arrived and since then, you can find Manziel in every new NFL-licensed product.

Among the most popular issues at the moment are Panini Elite and Prestige and Bowman (the various Chrome refractor parallels carrying Manziel autographs have had collectors ripping a lot of that product).  To collectors, the Bowman brand apparently trumps the lack of a pro uniform with sales of Manziel signed cards in low print runs selling for four-figure prices including X-fractor rookie autographs numbered to ten that have been bringing $1500-1600 and even a Bowman Chrome Superfractor which sold for a best offer of somewhere south of $15,000.

While some of the early Manziel rookie cards included the same images taken during his college career, most products 2014 Topps Inception Johnny Manzielissued in the last few weeks have somehow managed to get him in Cleveland colors.  Manziel does appear in a Browns uniform on the artsy Topps Inception product with an autographed card numbered to 50 selling for $227 over the weekend.

He even signed a few cards with the ‘Johnny Football’ moniker before the season began.  There’s an Inception gold ink ‘Nicknames’ autograph card numbered to 10 up for bid now (check out the bidding here).

 Johnny Manziel Topps Inception Gold Ink Nickname Auto RC 01/10 The good thing for shops and those who sell online is that even run of the mill, unsigned Manziel cards are selling for a couple of bucks.

Photographers were busy snapping Manziel’s first game action photos over the weekend and you can bank on some of those shots making their way into packs soon as Topps and Panini look to battle it out for the best looking Manziel rookie cards on an NFL field as the season goes on.

The future is unknown. Plenty of high-profile college quarterbacks have fizzled, even after a strong start.  Other athletes have proven themselves worthy and what once seemed like a risky investment turned out to be as golden as those ‘Johnny Football’ signatures.

Below is a list of the ‘most watched’ Manziel football cards on eBay right now.

2014 LEAF LIMITED PHENOMS JOHNNY MANZIEL ROOKIE AUTO JERSEY PATCH 11/99 RC
8 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 32
Item # 201316904074
Johnny Manziel 2014 Panini Immaculate Premium Patches ON CARD AUTO 03/49 Browns
12 bids - Price: $40.00 - Watchers: 28
Item # 311323034814
2014 Black Gold JOHNNY MANZIEL Browns RC Rookie NIKE LAUNDRY TAG AUTO 1/5~1/1
21 bids - Price: $162.50 - Watchers: 28
Item # 141616750669
2014 Topps Chrome Mini Johnny Manziel retro 1985 SUPERFRACTOR 1/1 BROWNS Rookie
7 bids - Price: $128.50 - Watchers: 27
Item # 261822702631
Teddy Bridgewater Johnny Manziel B Bortles 2015 Topps Fire Triple Auto #d 12/15
14 bids - Price: $47.00 - Watchers: 25
Item # 251888029208
BGS 10 AUTO JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 TOPPS CHROME MINI ON CARD RCMONEY MANZIEL SSP
6 bids - Price: $51.00 - Watchers: 23
Item # 311322152601
2014 Contenders Johnny Manziel AUTO BGS 9.5/10 RPA ON CARD SSP LOW POP BROWNS
8 bids - Price: $55.00 - Watchers: 22
Item # 261822745283
Johnny Manziel 2014 Panini Crown Royale Auto Jumbo Patch /49 RC Autograph
8 bids - Price: $30.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 191542329301
JOHNNY MANZIEL RC AUTO RELIC PRIME V Quad Relic Browns ROOKIE 2014 Topps Prime
16 bids - Price: $24.51 - Watchers: 17
Item # 201314268020
2014 PANINI IMMACULATE JOHNNY MANZIEL ROOKIE INK AUTO #06/49 ON CARD AUTOGRAPH
6 bids - Price: $43.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 181697807353
2014 BLACK GOLD JOHNNY MANZIEL ROOKIE AUTO JUMBO JERSEY SILHOUETTE SP /99 BROWNS
6 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 400892404979
TEDDY BRIDGEWATER JOHNNY MANZIEL AUTO RC /25 2014 TOPPS DUAL ROOKIE PREMIERE SP
26 bids - Price: $200.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 271817361925
2014 BOWMAN CHROME JOHNNY MANZIEL RC AUTO REFRACTOR SP SAN DIEGO PADRES A BEAUTY
8 bids - Price: $40.99 - Watchers: 15
Item # 271820396606
2014 Black Gold JOHNNY MANZIEL Rookie AUTO Jersey Relic Card # 79/99 BROWNS RPA
6 bids - Price: $28.99 - Watchers: 14
Item # 141617727040
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 HOT ROOKIES ROOKIE SIGNATURE RED AUTO /49 BROWNS GEM MINT
3 bids - Price: $24.50 - Watchers: 14
Item # 291413892960
2014 PANINI IMMACULATE JOHNNY MANZIEL GOLD ROOKIE SIGNATURE PATCH AUTO #3/10 WOW
6 bids - Price: $78.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 171729500169
2014 PANINI IMMACULATE JOHNNY MANZIEL ROOKIE PATCH AUTO GOLD REDEMPTION #/25
7 bids - Price: $51.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 311325836092
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 PANINI FLAWLESS RC GOLD AUTOGRAPH PATCH AUTO SP #03/10 $500+
25 bids - Price: $81.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 291415409727
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